There’s a major push to develop the Hunter as a national Defence Force hub with the creation of a new strategic plan.

The Hunter Defence Strategy aims to better utilise the Port of Newcastle for navy and manufacturing operations, as well as the expansion of the Williamtown RAAF and Singleton army bases.

The Hunter Business Chamber and Hunter Net are behind the push.

The ambitious plan, which has taken more than a year to develop, is being discussed today in Victoria and it’s hoped it will secure NSW Government support.